Chas Hodges – my best friend

By Mike Berry Chas Hodges was probably the most ‘gifted’ musician I ever had the pleasure and good fortune to meet and work with! I met Charles Nicholas Hodges when he was 17 and I was 18. And not long after we started working together, I remember calling him a ‘genius’ in a music paper […]

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Remembering Chas Hodges

By John Firminger THE AMOUNT of publicity in the media announcing the passing of Chas Hodges on September 22 shows how much he was admired and loved by both fans and fellow musicians. Despite receiving successful treatment for oesophageal cancer recently, Chas suffered organ failure and passed away peacefully in his sleep. It goes without […]

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Share a cuppa with… Pete Best & Ro...

By Jane Quinn Share a Cuppa Tea with Pete Best and Roag Aspinall Best. The Best Brothers discuss things like Lester Pigott, Museums, and Smiles. NOT MANY people can say they used to be a Beatle. Pete Best is one who actually was an original Beatle during the formative years, the Hamburg years, the black […]

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Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller

Tommy, the rock ‘n’ roller who became Britain’s premier song and dance man By Pat Murphy When Tommy Steele steps onto the stage of the London Coliseum this July, it’ll be almost 60 years since he debuted there in a lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. And it isn’t fanciful to regard that long […]

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Brighton steps into a UK version of ‘Wa...

Editors Beat with David Parker THE ‘Brighton Music Walk of Fame has been set up by Walk of Fame Media and the owners of Brighton Palace Pier. The permanent ‘free to view’ cultural attraction pays tribute to the many musicians, artists, composers and DJs closely associated with the city and Sussex from the early sixties […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with…

BILL MUMY as he talks Zorro, cornfields, and Nikola Tesla Boy star to master multi-musician Do you remember a vintage television series called The Twilight Zone? If you said “yes” you will no doubt remember the episode about a six-year-old red- haired, freckle-faced little boy who had the very bizarre power to read minds. Even […]

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Everlasting sound of music and rhythm

Breakfast with: Steve Ellis “MAYBE if we live long enough, we grow into what we always wanted to be. “Just maybe, if we stick at what we love, it’ll come around and come good. Steve Ellis has earned the right to sing the Blues if he wants. And sing it he does!” Paul Weller IT […]

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Share a Cuppa Tea with Peter Noone

Hi, Noone Share a Cuppa Tea with PETER NOONE as he talks about aging, broken hearts, and cats and dogs Peter Noone is fond of referring to himself as Peter NO-ONE. Well, he is not a no-one but, indeed, a SOME-ONE, and I had the pleasure of sharing a big cuppa tea with the ever […]

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Jackie Trent: Being me

FROM the music halls of Stoke-on-Trent to topping the charts with Frank Sinatra and Petula Clark, singer-songwriter Jackie Trent finally shares her colourful life in her fascinating new autobiography. “[Their songs] changed my life. They changed the whole course of my career.” Petula Clark ‘Being Me’ charts, for the first time, the glittering career of […]

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Who goes to Brum

Feb 2013 Who goes to Brum

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Following a hugely successful North American tour, The Who have added the LG Arena in Birmingham to their UK tour. They will perform their 1973 double album Quadrophenia, in its entirety, with a selection of Who classics.

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The Beat Awards 2014 – Vote Now!

The Beat readers can nominate and vote for their favourite artists to be included in the 2013 Roll of Honour. Your vote will decide who wins the awards and gets into the top 10 places in each category.

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Aggression brilliantly on display

Feb 2013 Aggression brilliantly on display

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The Who’s inimitable brand of joyous aggression is showcased brilliantly in this DVD and double-CD package.

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Blues Band Live

Feb 2013 Blues Band Live

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One of the most highly-regarded of British Blues outfits, The Blues Band have their albums Brand Loyalty (1982) and the double live CD Bye Bye Blues (1983) reissued on the Repertoire Records label this month.

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Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

Feb 2013 Chas & Dave UK Tour 2013 – Back by demand!

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Due to ‘phenomenal’ demand from fans, Chas & Dave are back and about to embark on an extensive UK tour, kicking off at the Cambridge Corn Exchange February 28.

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Santana

Feb 2013 Santana

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Carlos Santana is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures, having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, performed to over 100 million people globally and with 10 GRAMMY® Awards. Santana’s first UK shows in three years will start at Birmingham’s LG Arena in July.

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Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

Feb 2013 Princess Royal joins sound celebrations

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The Princess Royal joined in to celebrate a successful year of 50th anniversary celebrations for the music icon Marshall Amplification.

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Starr and team performance

Feb 2013 Starr and team performance

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Keeping the legend that was Edwin Starr and his music alive is his original eight-piece band The Team.

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Joe makes touring a family affair

Feb 2013 Joe makes touring a family affair

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Joe Brown is a legend. Now in his seventies, Joe is as busy as ever and has a touring schedule that would leave most of today’s artists begging for mercy.

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Jerry springs some surprises on radio

Feb 2013 Jerry springs some surprises on radio

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An interview with Jerry Naylor on Sunday January 20 was very interesting and well received. One special e-mail came from Peggy Sue Gerron, yes, the same Peggy Sue from the songs.

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